Russell Coutts has replied to the letter sent to him by Pedro Perello of Ayre Challenge. It’s cordial enough. The main point is that he asks to be provided with the latest draft of the protocol, and competition rules by the 8th of December. This he says, will give the team a week to compare it to the BMW ORACLE’s 10 point plan.
So while Tom Ehman goes head to head with Brad Butterworth in Monaco at the World Yacht Racing Forum, Coutts will be pouring over the documents. Coutts says that irrespective of the lawsuit, BMW ORACLE will work towards a conventional mult-challenger event in 2010. This seems to assume a lot.
The original letter is here
No response to Ben Ainslie’s comments yet…